Donald Chumley - Football, 2024

Donald Chumley had a notable football career both in high school and at the University of Georgia. • He was recognized as a AAAA honorable mention All-State lineman at Groves High School in 1980. • Chumley joined the University of Georgia's football program as part of the 1981 freshman class. • Initially playing on the JV squad, he later transitioned to varsity football, starting as an offensive lineman. • He moved to the defensive side of the ball just before the start of the 1982 varsity season, becoming a valuable backup after an injury to All-American Jimmy Payne. • Chumley's standout performance as a starting defensive tackle helped the University of Georgia Bulldogs achieve success, including being part of the highly regarded 1983 team that won the Cotton Bowl championship and was ranked fourth nationally. • In his senior year, Chumley continued to excel, being considered one of the defensive standouts on the team. He amassed impressive statistics, including 83 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. • Donald Chumley's selection as the final pick in the 1985 NFL Draft earned him the humorous title of "Mr. Irrelevant," a tradition that began in 1976 to honor the last player chosen in the draft. After being released by the San Francisco 49ers, Chumley signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in September 1985.

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